An old couple between survivors pulled from a buried house


After a landslide hit Japan’s coastal city of Atami, rescue teams fighting heavy rains separated survivors from their abandoned homes on Sunday.

Officials said the old couple was among the 23 rescued so far.

At least three people have died and dozens are missing after a torrent of mud struck a city southwest of Tokyo on Saturday.

Japanese media showed footage of rescue workers looking for life in the wreckage of a crushed building.

According to the mayor, about 80 people have not yet been described.

On Monday, about 1,500 rescue workers, including police, firefighters, and military personnel, were searching the scene.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters, “I want to rescue the victims buried in the rubble as soon as possible.”

According to the Asahi Shimbun website, Yoshie Yuhara and her husband, Age, both 75 years old, were rescued on Sunday, 26 hours later. When a landslide occurred, he heard a “heavy machinery-like roar” and escaped to the top of a three-story house just before the lower floors were flooded.

Naoto Date, a 55-year-old actor, returned to his hometown on Saturday and witnessed his damage.

“I just wanted to cry (when I saw what happened),” he said. “Many elderly people lived there. I was very sad because I thought that some people might not have escaped from the disaster.”

A house destroyed by a landslide caused by torrential rain in Atami, Japan.

Dozens of homes were swept away when the landslides rushed into Atami.

Yuta Hara, a spokesman for Atami City Hall, told Reuters that the rain had destabilized the ground and about 387 people had been evacuated.

According to residents, a landslide occurred on Saturday at around 10:30 local time (01:30 Greenwich Mean Time) after heavy rains in central and eastern Japan.

A popular hot spring resort, the city had more rainfall than a normal month during the first three days of July.

On the other hand, in Shizuoka, Kanagawa, and Chiba prefectures, hundreds of thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate in response to warnings of floods in the lowlands.

Prime Minister Suga, who had an emergency meeting with ministers on Sunday, called on people in the worst-affected areas to stay vigilant and take precautionary measures.

Map of Japan showing Atami

Map of Japan showing Atami

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